1. You had a bad thing that day.
  2. You were having a bad thing that day.

Could you tell me the difference in meaning between sentence 1 and sentence 2? I feel there must be a difference in meaning.

  • These are sentences that a native speaker would almost never write or speak. Where did you find them? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Oct 22 '16 at 9:18
  • I heard that in the film. Are you a native speaker? – 박용현 Oct 22 '16 at 9:26
  • Yes, assuredly so. In what film did you hear these two sentences? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Oct 22 '16 at 9:31
  • The name of the film is ' The time traveller's wife'. – 박용현 Oct 22 '16 at 9:57
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    Neither of those sentences are spoken in the film "The Time Traveler's Wife." The line "You were having a bad day" is in the film. Is that what you mean to cite? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Oct 22 '16 at 17:17

The implied meaning is:

You had a bad thing happen that day.

The verb should be had happen. happen could be omitted in informal speech.

With only had as the verb (as in your example), it would mean you possessed a "bad thing". Unlikely, but we would need to know what the "bad thing" was, in context.

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